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Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
“Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
Robert A. Heinlein
Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Harm by Brian W. Aldiss
by Brian W. Aldiss
read in July, 2015
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A timely but overall unsatisfactory short novel that criticizes the War on Terror and the various ways western governments terrorize their own citizens for the sake of Security from those Other governments. I felt it was already outdated -- coming as ...more
The Plantagenets by Derek Wilson
The Plantagenets
by Derek Wilson (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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I enjoyed this Popular History of the English monarchs that governed for over three centuries, but I wanted more. This is a great overview for the casual reader who wants a better understanding of the era that produced so many Shakespearean character ...more
“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
George Orwell
The Wall at the Edge of the World by Jim Aikin
The Wall at the Edge of the World
by Jim Aikin
read in January, 1993
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I'd forgotten this book until seeing it in one of the commentaries. I enjoyed this story of psi powers but it's been a couple decades since I read it.
" Farnham's Freeholdby the sainted Heinlein was a reactionary pile of poo that made me wince even at the tender young age at which I read it. I was plow ...more "
The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA by John Ashdown-Hill
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I enjoyed this account of how the author traced the ancestry of this infamous monarch down from his sister Anne of York to a woman then living in Canada. I don't know enough to argue sides in the debate of his legacy, as this book clearly supports hi ...more
The World of Science Fiction, 1926-76 by Lester del Rey
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Although outdated by a mere 35 years, this overview of the first 50 years of the development of science fiction is still fascinating, coming from an author who witnessed much of the history of SF's evolution from pulp magazine fodder to the popularit ...more
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James Tiptree Jr.
“Certainly my inner world will never be a peaceful place of bloom; it will have some peace, and occasional riots of bloom, but always a little fight going on too. There is no way I can be peacefully happy in this society and in this skin. I am committed to Uneasy Street. I like it; it is my idea that this street leads to the future, and that I am being true to a way of life which is not here yet, but is more real than what is here.”
James Tiptree Jr.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

George Sand
“There are no more thorough prudes than those who have some little secret to hide.”
George Sand

Frank Zappa
“So many books, so little time.”
Frank Zappa

Eudora Welty
“All serious daring starts from within.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

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